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World Humanitarian Summit: Quick Guide

World Humanitarian Summit

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. 

The three main goals of the Summit: 

  1. To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
  2. To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
  3. To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering. 

Establishing Documents

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared his intention to hold a World Humanitarian Summit in his Five-Year Action Agenda on 25 January 2012. The Report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations, issued on 20 May 2013, reiterated the call for the World Humanitarian Summit. This report was approved in resolution 68/102  on 13 December 2013.

Outcome Documents

The Commitment to Action document highlights commitments made in support of the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity.The commitments generated through the World Humanitarian Summit indicate broad-based support for the Agenda for Humanity and its five core responsibilities. 

A/71/353 - Outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit : Report of the Secretary-General was prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/106, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report on the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit as soon as possible after its convocation in Istanbul, Turkey, on 23 and 24 May 2016. 


Key Documents

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Agenda for Humanity: 5 Core Responsibilities

Global and Regional Final Consultation Reports


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